Leaders of COVID-19 Response Fund adapt to shifting needs in local community

Leaders of COVID-19 Response Fund adapt to shifting needs in local community
(Charlotte Business Journal)

CHARLOTTE — The needs keep piling up. An end to the state’s temporary moratorium on evictions. A momentary reprieve on utility cutoffs — but anticipated problems for paying back overdue bills. And, perhaps most fearsome, another round of remote learning for schoolchildren, exacerbating inequities including lack of child care and access to regular meals.

Those needs, and the shifting problems emanating from the novel coronavirus pandemic, are much on the minds of organizers behind the local COVID-19 Response Fund.

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“A month ago, I would have told you schools were going to open,” Foundation For The Carolinas CEO Michael Marsicano told CBJ. “(Since that’s not happening), corporations aren’t bringing their people back (to offices).”

Marsicano used that example to illustrate how needs have shifted during the four-and-a-half months since the foundation and United Way of Central Carolinas created the response fund to help cope with financial and social problems caused, or worsened, by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read the full story here to learn how needs have evolved to date.

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